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  • June 24, 2010

    Chad Love: Catch Your Bluefins While You Can

    By Chad Love

    Almost a year ago, I wrote a blog post lamenting the continued decline of the bluefin tuna and how if I wanted to catch one perhaps I better do it quickly before it's too late. The bluefin was in pretty serious trouble before the BP spill. Now, with the Gulf of Mexico - one of the species' most important spawning grounds - a giant oil slick, environmental groups are starting to ask if the bluefin should be listed under the ESA.

    From this story in the New York Times:
    Fearing that the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico will deal a severe blow to the bluefin tuna, an environmental group is demanding that the government declare the fish an endangered species, setting off extensive new protections under federal law. Scientists agree that the Deepwater Horizon spill poses at least some risk to the bluefin, one of the most majestic — and valuable — fishes in the sea. Its numbers already severely depleted from record levels, the bluefin is also the subject of a global controversy regarding overfishing.

  • June 24, 2010

    Arizona Restaurant Under Fire for Serving Lion Burgers

    By Chad Love

    An Arizona restaurant is taking heat after advertising "lion burgers" in honor of the World Cup's African location. No, not just a plain 'ol hamburger named a lion burger. A real lion burger. Made with lion meat...

    From this story on CNN.com:
    A small Arizona restaurant found itself at the center of a nationwide backlash that included a bomb threat after it announced plans to offer lion burgers this week as part of a World Cup promotion. The story started when Cameron Selogie, owner of Il Vinaio restaurant in Mesa, Ariz., bought about 10 pounds of so-called African lion meat, planning to mix it with ground beef to make burgers honoring the FIFA World Cup's South African location.

  • June 23, 2010

    Montana Group Seeks Higher Lion and Wolf Quotas to Save Elk

    By Chad Love

    From this story on The Missoulian:
    In 2005, state biologists counted 1,917 elk in the West Fork of the Bitterroot. This year, they found 754 - almost the same as what they tallied the year before. The bad news didn't stop there. Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks biologist Craig Jourdonnais counted only four bulls for every 100 cows during the annual aerial spring survey. Last year, he found seven. Armed with those numbers, the Bitterroot Elk Working Group is asking the state to increase the quotas on wolves and mountain lions for this upcoming hunting season to take some pressure off the elk herd.

  • June 23, 2010

    NJ Bowhunters One Step Closer to 150-Foot Shooting Distance

    By Chad Love

    Bowhunters in New Jersey are one step closer to expanded hunting opportunities, thanks to senate passage of a law that reduces the minimum hunting distance from buildings from 450 to 150 feet.

    From this story on Dailyrecord.com:
    The State Senate Monday overwhelmingly approved a bill that would reduce from 450 feet to 150 feet the distance a bow hunter can be from a private home when shooting at deer. Seven senators voted against S1181, while 25 approved the bill.

  • June 23, 2010

    Hunting Geese with a 2X4

    By Chad Love

    From this story on Channel3000.com in Wisconsin:
    An 18-year-old homeless man is facing charges in connection to animal mistreatment after an altercation in Warner Park this weekend. Nathan Kittoe was arrested on Saturday night after he attacked a woman at Warner Park, Madison police said. Kittoe threatened the woman and knocked her down after she commented on his attempts to chase Canada geese around the park. Police said that Kittoe was chasing geese with a 2-by-4 piece of wood. Kittoe allegedly told the woman that the geese were his food.

  • June 22, 2010

    To Hunt or Not Hunt Quail on the Mexican Border?

    By Chad Love

    The desert quail of the American southwest are one of those special "bucket list" destinations that virtually all upland bird hunters hope to make at least once in their lifetime. The rugged and breathtaking scenery in the vast tracts of public land along the southern border and the quail that inhabit them draw hunters from all over the country. If you've never been (and I, unfortunately, haven't. Yet) here's a nice introduction (from the excellent Eight More Miles blog). But there's big trouble on the border these days, highlighted by recent reports about the alleged closure of a national wildlife refuge in southern Arizona due to Mexican drug and immigrant smugglers. First, Fox News reported that a large area the Buenos Ares National Wildlife Refuge had been closed to the public because it was too dangerous.

  • June 22, 2010

    Chad Love: Tarantula Hunting is All The Rage

    By Chad Love

    Here's a new quest for the globe-trotting hunter who's bagged everything: trophy tarantulas...

    From this story on OneIndia.com:
    Hunting for tarantulas and then eating them is the latest craze for tourists visiting Cambodia. Holidaymakers are joining locals in hunting tarantulas, which are considered to be a local treat.

  • June 22, 2010

    Grizzly Suspected of Killing Hiker Shot Dead

    By Chad Love

    From this AP story:

    Federal wildlife officials have tracked down and killed a grizzly bear suspected of fatally mauling a man outside Yellowstone National Park. Chris Servheen, grizzly bear coordinator for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, said the bear was found Saturday by trackers following a signal from a radio collar that had been placed around the bear's neck.

  • June 21, 2010

    Britain's Second Most Famous Carp Dies

    By Chad Love

    It's been a tough few months recently for British carp. Last August Benson, Britain's most famous common carp, died suddenly. Now comes word that Britain's second-most famous carp, a female leather carp dubbed "Heather" has gone belly-up.

  • June 21, 2010

    Oil Spill Causing Economy-Driving Fishing Tournaments to Shut Down

    By Chad Love

    From this story in the New York Times:
    Shawna Meisner, the director of the Emerald Coast Blue Marlin Classic offshore sports fishing tournament in the Gulf of Mexico, had been one of the last holdouts. But on Thursday — five days before the tournament’s start — the spreading BP oil spill left her little choice. Meisner canceled the event, a team fishing competition in Destin, Fla.

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